Elements of intercultural communication
Intercultural communication is a unique field of study with a focus on communication and cultural understanding and identity. People from other races and cultures have a great deal to offer. By interacting with them in a positive way, and trying to understand them, you can learn about other countries and customs, broaden your own outlook on life and increase your database of knowledge.
These cultural differences can extend themselves to:
- the way in which people of different cultures address each other
- what level of formality or informality makes people comfortable
- non-verbal behaviour, in terms of eye contact, hand gestures, physical proximity and so on
- personal grooming such as dress code and hygiene issues.
A culture is a complete pattern of living. It is elaborate, abstract and pervasive. Countless aspects of culture help determine and guide communication behaviour. Three cultural elements have the potential to affect situations in which people from different backgrounds come together: They are:
- verbal processes
- non-verbal processes.